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Discover Milwaukee’s Neighborhoods GeoTour

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Milwaukee is the big city of little neighborhoods, and the best way to discover them all is on this GeoTour: “Explore Milwaukee’s Neighborhoods.”

GeoTour: Discover Milwaukee’s Neighborhoods
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Number of Favorite Points: 92

Why Milwaukee is a great place to visit:
Milwaukee offers a variety of fun attractions to explore. Take a stroll along the lakefront, visit one of 17 museums, indulge in delicacies at a downtown dining spot or relax at one of Milwaukee’s famous breweries.

Best time of year to visit:
Visit Milwaukee during the summer! Plan a trip June through September to enjoy the city’s live performances, brewery tours, museum exhibits and countless cultural festivals. Milwaukee is the proud home of Summerfest, the world’s largest outdoor music festival along the shores of Lake Michigan in late June and early July.

Art Museum Photo

The Milwaukee Art Museum welcomes visitors to Milwaukee and offers endless fun for adults and children alike. It is easy to make a stop here: geocaches are hidden in the surrounding neighborhoods!

Must-see attractions:
Don’t miss the Milwaukee Art Museum, a must-see tourist destination. Designed by famous architect Santiago Calatrava, the museum graces the city’s skyline with large wings that welcome tourists into the beautiful, vibrant metropolis. The museum holds more than 30,000 permanent pieces of art and features traveling exhibits year-round. Perfect for art fans, adults and children alike, the Milwaukee Art Museum is perhaps the most iconic architectural site in the historic city of Milwaukee.

Hidden Gems:
Check out Safe House, a spy-themed restaurant complete with secret passageways, spy games and mysterious twists and turns. The catch? Guests must uncover the password to be allowed into the restaurant!

What geocachers are saying about about Milwaukee Neighborhoods GeoTour:
“Hello from Chicago! We took a day trip up to the Third Ward and River walk. We enjoyed the art festival and the public market. Beautiful day to explore your city. Thank you for including this neighborhood on the geo tour.” –Les Is More

Brady Street Photo

This geocache (GC4AJ5Q) will take you through Brady Street in Milwaukee’s East Side.

“My birthday trip to Milwaukee was an epic day with 20 caches. We got all the info we needed for the Milwaukee GeoTour series and grabbed a few other caches along the way. The weather could not have been any nicer and the scenery and company were awesome. I didn’t want the day to come to an end. What a great city! What a great day!” –Mike*E

“We had heard great things about the Milwaukee Neighborhoods GeoTour, and the series did not disappoint. Thanks VISIT Milwaukee for great hides and for really informative cache pages. Can’t wait to come back to finish the series. This is a beautiful city!” –R.C.Tells

Additional Information:
Interested in exploring Milwaukee during your stay? Check out visitmilwaukee.org/itineraries for suggestions.

Lakefront Photo

Milwaukee’s Neighborhoods GeoTour takes visitors through 15 fun neighborhoods, each with hidden gems, restaurants and attractions to offer. The lakefront geocache (GC4AGA8) will take you there.

Rubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM) – Geocache of the Week

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We couldn't agree more, Mr. TB. Photo by Funk to Funky

We couldn’t agree more, Mr. TB. Photo by Funk to Funky

Geocache Name:

Rubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

5/2

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

You can now earn your Let’s Get Extreme Geocaching Road Trip ’15 souvenir by finding a D5 or a T5 geocache. For this one, some geocachers automatically think of rock climbing, rappelling or some other adrenaline-inducing geocache as their go-to for this souvenir. But don’t forget the mind-bending puzzles that can also earn you this souvenir. For this geocache, you’ll not only have to answer a few questions to get the coordinates, you’ll also have to solve a Rubik’s Cube once you get there. Good luck!

What geocachers have to say:

“Thrilled to get the souvenir and be there at bb’s mega number, but most of all it was a splendid cunning cache and and a pleasure to do, thanks.” – Wibsey Wench

“Thank you for such a brilliant puzzle and for making my special number such a memorable find.” – badgerbaby

“Well deserving of a favourite point for not only did I solve a difficulty 5 for the Road Trip 15 but the whole thing took place on a day not filled in on my caching calendar. TFTC.” – Andicap

What the geocache owner, darkskill, has to say:

What inspired this hide?
I’d purchased the treasure chest Rubik’s cube for my collection and noticed how nicely a bison Geocache container fitted inside! Thought this would be a great idea for a difficult puzzle cache and a few days later had the cache ready to go.

Did you know how to solve a Rubik’s Cube before working on this geocache?
Yes I did, I’ve got quite a large collection of twisty puzzles and enjoy speed solving some of them.

What has been your reaction to all of the positive logs and Favorite Points?
It’s nice to see this Geocache has introduced some of the cachers to the Rubik’s cube and encouraged some of them to learn how to solve it for the first time! It’s always nice to read through the positive logs and know that other people have enjoyed my cache.

Photos:

Too easy for geocacher Andicap

Too easy for geocacher Andicap

Nice work! Photo by geocacher Funk to Funky

Nice work! Photo by geocacher Funk to Funky

Solved it! Photo by the CO, darkskill

Solved it! Photo by the CO, darkskill

What has been the best puzzle you’ve ever solved to find a geocache? Post your stories and photos in the comments.

Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!

 

Incredible Geocaching Road Trips from Around the World

 

Three featured road trips from USA, Germany, and New Zealand

 

By this time, you’re probably aware that we are celebrating 15 years of geocaching this summer. We’re using the theme of road trips to make it fun for everyone. You have the opportunity to complete five geocaching quests, each of which will earn you a souvenir for your geocaching profile. Complete all five and you’ll earn a sixth, extra special souvenir.

Today, we highlight a three phenomenal road trips to take in three very different parts of the earth: Route 66 in the United States, a north to south bike tour of Germany, and a “New Zealand’s greatest hits” series of caches inspired by The Lord of the Rings saga.

United States of America – U.S. Route 66

150 miles stretch of Route 66 from Barstow, CA to Needles, AZ

150 miles stretch of Route 66 from Barstow, CA to Needles, AZ

U.S. Route 66 (US 66 or Route 66) originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California, covering over 2,400 miles (3,862 km). In the 150 miles stretch between Barstow, California towards Needles, Arizona lies a power trail of 800 geocaches. A power trail is path with a large number of caches placed within close proximity to each other (though no closer than .1 miles apart). All the caches in this series are on the same side of the road; therefore, this series should be done heading eastbound.

GC2J17A - 001-Route 66. The first of 800 caches along the Route 66 power trail from Barstow,CA to Needles, AZ.

GC2J17A – 001-Route 66. The first of 800 caches along the Route 66 power trail from Barstow,CA to Needles, AZ.

GC2K087 - 400-Route 66 is a adorned with piles of rocks (SPR?) used to spell out where cachers are from, and the number "400".

GC2K087 – 400-Route 66 is a adorned with piles of rocks (SPR?) used to spell out where ‘cachers are from, and the number “400”.

GC2K6TW - 800-Route 66 is the final stop for this power trail, but unfortunately temporarily disabled due to repair work being done to the road due to damage from the flash floods of September 2014.

GC2K6TW – 800-Route 66 is the final stop for this power trail, but unfortunately temporarily disabled due to repair work being done to the road due to damage from the flash floods of September 2014.

A few caches along the route are not part of the series, such as GC1K592 – Kick up your feet! There lies an dead tree covering in old shoes. So, if the power trail wears yours out, you could always swap for an older, dirtier, more busted pair.

GC1K592 - Kick up your feet! is not part of the Route 66 power trail, but definitely a quirky stop along the route.

GC1K592 – Kick up your feet! is not part of the Route 66 power trail, but definitely a quirky stop along the route.

 

Germany – Deutschland-Tour

GC3JH5D Deutschland-Tour runs from north to south Germany and is meant to be completed on bicycles

GC3JH5D Deutschland-Tour is a 26 stage (with one alternate) Multi-Cache that runs from the north of Germany to the South, covering over 1,600 kilometers (994 miles). This is not a road trip for the weak, as it’s meant to be done by bicycle. The geocache listing page describes it best (German to English translation):

Es geht also um eine Radtour über 1600km durch 7 Bundesländer vom nördlichsten Punkt Deutschlands bis zum Südlichsten. Ja, richtig gelesen, die Dose liegt in der Nähe von Oberstdorf im Allgäu.
Ja, das ist völlig ernst gemeint und: ja, es ist sehr weit. Aber die Belohnung sind unendlich viele neue Eindrücke und das unglaubliche Gefühl, einmal aus eigener Kraft das ganze Land durchquert zu haben.

This is a bike ride of over 1600km through seven of Germany’s states, from the northernmost point to the southernmost. Yes, you read correctly, the cache is near Oberstdorf in the Allgäu region.
Yes, that’s meant entirely seriously and, yes, it’s very far. But payoffs are new experiences and the incredible feeling of having travelled across an entire country under one’s own power.

GC3JH5D Station 1 at the north end of Germany says, "Of course, we begin our tour at the northernmost point of Germany and let the solitude of the place affect us. Only the constant blowing wind, the sound of the waves and the cries of sea birds break the silence."

GC3JH5D Station 1 at the north end of Germany says, “Of course, we begin our tour at the northernmost point of Germany and let the solitude of the place affect us. Only the constant blowing wind, the sound of the waves and the cries of sea birds break the silence.”

GC3JH5D Just a typical day of beauty

GC3JH5D Just a typical day of beauty

GC3JH5D Rainbows and lush valleys are a big payoff when your thighs are begging for mercy!

GC3JH5D Rainbows and lush valleys are a big visual payoff when your thighs are begging for mercy

GC3JH5D The Final stage has a beautiful spot for reflecting on this life-changing journey

GC3JH5D The Final stage has a beautiful spot for reflecting on this life-changing journey

 

Middle-earth (aka New Zealand) – The Lord of the Rings 

Focusing on New Zealand's North Island, there are a few of the Lord of the Rings inspired geocaches

Focusing on New Zealand’s North Island, there are a few of the Lord of the Rings inspired geocaches

There are so many great geocaches related to The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy throughout out the world, but let’s just focus on New Zealand’s North Island. The dramatic landscapes and large uninhabited areas make it easy to understand why all of the movies were filmed here. I’m sure many geocachers could add a dozen more great spots to cache onto this list – and please do! But here’s some of the top geocaches dedicated to this story:

GC1HCXK Hobbiton (Waikato) is a “popular tourist destination, and earned the esteemed honor of “Geocache of the Week”. It’s so popular that it’s actually getting “biggified”.

GC3VBMT There And Back Again is a simple multi is placed near the location of the filming of scenes in The Shire from both the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.

GC3VBMT There And Back Again is a simple multi is placed near the location of the filming of scenes in The Shire from both The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.

GC24VXZ Ngauruhoe - Mt Doom (Central Plateau) is an Earthcache  featuring the youngest of three volcanoes and is only 2,500 years old!

GC24VXZ Ngauruhoe – Mt Doom (Central Plateau) is an Earthcache featuring the youngest of three volcanoes and is only 2,500 years old!

GC4B4AR "The Shire" - Rangitikei packs a powerful punch despite its less-than-hobbity size

GC4B4AR “The Shire” – Rangitikei packs a powerful punch despite its hobbity size

EarthCache GC19NVM Putangirua Pinnacles was featured as the fictional Dimholt Road, Approach to Paths of the Dead in "The Return of the King"

EarthCache GC19NVM Putangirua Pinnacles was featured as the fictional Dimholt Road, Approach to Paths of the Dead in “The Return of the King”

 

Keep in mind if you plan it right, since New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, you could geocache all summer long, twice a year! There are countless journeys to take while geocaching. Have you taken a geocaching road trip? What would be your ultimate geocaching road trip? Tell us in the comments below! 

 

 

The Quest for the Oldest Unfound Geocache in Washington

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Watch a Geocaching HQ’er Take On a 5/5 FTF Challenge

About 4 hours from Geocaching HQ in Seattle, sitting atop Liberty Bell Mountain is Tensegrity on Liberty (GC1G5BY), the oldest unfound geocache in Washington State. The reason it remains unfound? It’s a Difficulty 5, Terrain 5 geocache that requires a long hike, a scramble and 400 feet of fifth-class technical climbing.

In our new video, Geocaching HQ’er Derek, along with a muggle friend, attempts to be the FTF and earn the new Geocaching Road Trip ‘15 Let’s Get Extreme souvenir. You’ll probably recognize him from some of our other videos, but outside of (trying to) act and writing things for Geocaching.com, Derek is an avid rock climber. Watch the new video to see if they make it.

Inspired to find a T5/D5 geocache? Visit the new geocache search page to find one near you.

Geocaching Event Special Guest

 

 

 

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Geocaching events tend to attract a pretty diverse audience, so you never know who you’re going to have an awesome interaction with. You could meet a newbie, a Geocaching HQ employee, or maybe even a famous celebrity! And no, we’re not talking about our very own Signal the frog…

Geocacher Casseill “spied out” a very special someone at a geocaching event in Ireland, leaving us feeling very envious. Here is her wonderful story.

“I had only recently started going to events (this was to be my fifth) but as soon as I saw this one, I knew it was one I definitely wanted to do. One – because I grew up around the area. Two – I’m starting to like these events – great people and great craic (as we say here). The weather looked a bit iffy the night before and it was dubious whether the ferryman would be sailing the next day. But, the day dawned bright and sunny and Sarah sent out word that it was “go, go, go”.

Dalkey Island is a small uninhabited Island – with a couple of ruins and the Martello Tower. It is normally a very quiet and peaceful place with stunning views. Once on the island we set off in groups to find the final of a Multi-Cache and a Traditional. Around this time, we heard a rumor that Pierce Brosnan was on the island and soon after – there he was in the flesh. A couple of the cachers got a photo with him – I hesitantly went over to him but was bid a good day very politely but quite firmly letting me know that he didn’t want to pose again. Which is absolutely fair enough. I’m sure he escaped to the island for a couple of hours looking for peace – not a horde of mad cachers.Ireland5

A while later, geo-chat and picnics finished so we started heading back for the return journey. Who followed us and waited in line behind us for the return journey? Only our celebratory of the day! This time he was very chatty and invited my children and self for a photo. We had a chat – he loves the area and I am from the area -so we had plenty to chat about.

His presence on the island added a lot of buzz to the event – which was already a huge success thanks to Sarah’s planning. Sarah has said she will make this an annual event – so we are all dying to see who she will organize to be on the island next year!!”

We can’t always promise there will be a celebrity in attendance, but geocaching events are a great way to meet new people and learn about the game. From July 3 – September 2, you can also earn a souvenir by attending any Geocaching Event (excluding CITO events).

Mr. Bond, we hope to see you at many more geocaching events to come. We’d also love to send you out on a geocaching mission to recover all the muggled caches out there.

Which celebrity would you love to see at a geocaching event?


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